Jake’s enthusiasm in Work for the Dole lands him a job!

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Through Work for the Dole, the RSPCA in Darwin has been providing local job seekers with an array of opportunities to improve their employability skills and confidence.

Participants from MAX Employment and WISE Employment have been helping the RSPCA team with all things cats and dogs. Tasks include cleaning kennels, preparing food and overall enriching the lives of abandoned, neglected, unwanted or sick animals.

Jake participated in Work for the Dole at the RSPCA earlier this year, after his jobactive provider, MAX Employment, assisted him in choosing an activity that suited his skills and interests.

From day one, Jake demonstrated a keen interest in animals and a willingness to learn. Staff at the RSPCA were so impressed by his skills, reliability and hardworking attitude, they offered Jake paid casual work. After two months Jake was offered a full-time position as an Animal Assistant at the centre.

Jake enjoys his role and now spends his days getting paid to help animals in need, like Riley an American Pit Bull. Jake said the RSPCA Darwin receives a lot of Pit Bulls, which are banned in large parts of Australia.

When asked about his experiences with Work for the Dole, Jake said the programme was a great way to showcase his skills and get back into an everyday routine. That he has gained a full-time job out of this experience - that’s just a bonus!

Jake and Riley, an American Pit Bull on site at the RSPCA Darwin